Rangers pre-contract signing John Souttar “won’t be joining” the club from Hearts as things stand in this window, according to Ibrox boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Speaking ahead of the Scottish Cup clash with Stirling Albion, van Bronckhorst was being pressed on the club’s transfer situation as fans urge the Dutchman to put his stamp on the squad.
After admitting there was money to spend ahead of the clash with Aberdeen, van Bronckhorst claims Rangers are preparing for any eventuality as the window enters its final furlong.
The Gers manager also answered a question regarding Hearts’ star John Souttar, who has already agreed a pre-contract at Ibrox.
“John is a Rangers player from next season on and nothing has changed the last few weeks,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].
“At this moment, he won’t be joining us but the window is still open for 11 days so anything can happen.
“For me it’s also a little bit unsure and uncertain how the squad will look in 11 days but as I’ve said before you have to be prepared.”
Rangers-bound John Souttar branded “world-class” by Hearts teammate
The comments of van Bronckhorst also come after glowing comments about Rangers-bound John Souttar from Hearts teammate Josh Ginnelly.
Souttar, 25, reacted stoically to being booed by angry Hearts fans before and during the club’s clash with St Johnstone and played a leading role in the club’s 2-0 win.
Josh Ginnelly netted a double to win the day for Hearts but at full-time he was full of praise for John Souttar, branding the Rangers-bound defender “world-class”.
“I don’t think there’s any limit to how far he can go to be honest,” said Ginnelly [Edinburgh Evening News].
“I’ve had a couple of games in the Championship and I’ve seen big centre-halves there and I think John’s got everything to his game.
“He’s been quite unfortunate with the injuries he’s had but in terms of the mental side, I know for a fact that if I had been through what he’d been through I wouldn’t be here today.
“Massive credit to him, he’s just a top guy and a brilliant football player.
“He was brilliant against St Johnstone and it speaks volumes for John. He’s got out there and he was the loudest man on the pitch as per usual. He’s just a world-class player.
“You have to give him his credit. Of course something has happened with him but we are just so happy he is here. He’s massive for us so a huge well done to him.”
Sounds like Rangers have got a real player on their hands in John Souttar and whether he joins in January or the summer, fans can look forward to the Scotland international joining.
For Hearts fans upset that the defender has chosen Rangers, perhaps the Gorgie club and their supporters need to get a sense of perspective.